Finding the Right Gown for your Body Type
We love wedding gowns ALL wedding gowns and we take great pride in helping our brides find their dream dress. Our brides come in all beautiful shapes and sizes and we celebrate that individuality by not only finding the perfect fabric but the perfect shape gown to showcase her best assets.
We hope you enjoy our Three Part Series on finding the perfect gown for your shape and size.
Halter/High Neck: The Halter neckline features wide straps that wrap around the back of the neck, or a high neck with deep armholes. Both look best on a broad shoulder bride or taller woman above 5’7″ and above.
GOOD FOR: Broad Shoulders
BAD FOR: Narrow Shoulders
Scoop: The Scoop neckline is U-Shaped and has a universally flattering classic look. It can be low cut, and quite often the scoop will continue on through the back of the dress.
GOOD FOR: Just about Everyone!
Jewel: Also known as the T-Shirt neckline, due to its similarity to an actual T-Shirt neck that has a soft rounded neckline, the Jewel neckline is round and sits at the base of the throat above the collarbone.
GOOD FOR: Small-chested woman as it will make you look bustier.
BAD FOR: Large-chested woman (it will make them look bustier too).
Off-the-Shoulder: Just like the name implies, this neckline sits below the shoulders to showcase a bride’s collarbone and shoulders, with sleeves that cover part of the upper arm. While this style is super flattering to medium or full-chested women, and off-the-shoulder neckline will look good on almost all figures. But if you’ve got fuller arms and are uncomfortable with baring your shoulders, you may want to consider a portrait neckline instead.
GOOD FOR: Full-Chested and Pear Shaped Woman
BAD FOR: Broad Shoulders, fuller arms
Portrait: Similar to an off-the-shoulder style but mad with more fabric, the portrait neckline is characterized by a wide scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other
GOOD FOR: Fuller arms and prominent collarbones
BAD FOR: Undefined Collarbones
Sweetheart: The Sweetheart Neckline – which is actually shaped like the top half of a heart – is a wonderful option for fuller-chested women because it really accentuates the decolletage.
GOOD FOR: Serious decolletage
BAD FOR: The decolletage-impaired
Sabrina/Bateau: This shape gently follows the the curve of the collarbone, almost to the tip of the shoulders – and it’s cut straight across so less of the decolletage shows. It can be paired with sleeves or a sleeveless style.
GOOD FOR: Small Breasts
BAD FOR: The well-endowed
V-Neck: The name says it all: The neckline dips down in the front (and sometimes in the back as well) in a V-Shape, de-emphasizing the bustline.
GOOD FOR: B or C Cups
BAD FOR: Anyone bigger or smaller
Strapless: The Strapless neckline is a popular choice with busty brides, and it looks wonderful when paired with either a sweetheart or straight-across square bodice.
GOOD FOR: Great shoulders and collarbones
BAD FOR: Smaller-chested women
Straight Across: A straight across neckline is a simple, strapless cut that flows across the chest. This neckline flatters many body types, but is especially nice on women with broader shoulders.
GOOD FOR: Broader Shoulders
BAD FOR: Smaller Shoulders
Square: The square neckline follows the same shape as the bottom half of a square. This neckline can be cut wider to show off more shoulder, or lower for a more modern, edgy look, and is often seen on gowns with straps or sleeves.
GOOD FOR: Modern Edgy Bride
Queen Anne: The Queen Anne neckline is a regal cut featuring a high collar in the back, and a dipped neckline, usually a scoop or v-neck cut, in the front.
GOOD FOR: A More Traditional Bride
Illusion: Illusion necklines, which have seen a huge boost in popularity over the past several years, feature sheer fabric or lace along the top of the bodice that extends to fit near the neck. These necklines can be as detailed and unique as the bride! See our Blog Post SeeYa Strapless … Illusions are In for more information on Illusion Necklines.
GOOD FOR: Everyone!
Special thanks to The Knot, Wikipedia, Wedding Wire and the Dictionary. We are working to bring all the information together in one place for our #ANYABRIDES.
Next Blog in the Series will feature Bridal Gown Silhouettes.